Q: How much does Eating Disorder counselling cost?
A: EDQ offers a range of options including individual counselling, Carer and Family single session consultations, NDIS-funded supports, and Medicare rebated options with our contracted psychologist and social worker. We also have a contracted dietitian who can provide Medicare-rebated dietetic services. For those clients who are not eligible for either Medicare or NDIS funding, we are able to utilize Qld Health funding, ensuring that no clients are left without support due to funds.
Q: How long has Eating Disorders Queensland been operating?
Since 5 October 2018. The Eating Issues Centre (TEIC) and Eating Disorders Association (EDA) merged.
This created the largest community service in Queensland. The new entity – Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ), is based in Toowong. It is a state-wide not-for-profit organisation funded by Queensland Health. We offer provide support and offer treatment for individuals living with and recovering from eating disorders, their Carers and loved ones.
Q: Why does someone have an eating disorder?
A: The eating disorder is an attempt to address a larger and more substantial trauma or conflict.
Through listening to those who come to us, we hear about their lives, their difficulties with food and their sense of themselves. Each story is unique, yet there are some important common areas. A fundamental and deep-seated loss of self-esteem; an experience loss of power and control over their lives; and contradictions and conflicts exist in their lives.
Q: What causes an eating disorder?
A: It is now widely recognised that eating disorders are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors.
Five key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating disorders. These are: society & culture (culture, community attitudes, influence of schools, workplaces, religion, etc.); gender (influence of perceptions, expectations and experiences around being female/male, or not fitting into gendered categories); family & personal relationships (influences from family, domestic situation, genetics, relationships, expectations and experiences etc.); individual (influences of your personality, thinking, your body, perfectionism, personal experiences etc.); and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors.
Q: What is the Eating Disorders Queensland position on bio-medical methods in treating eating behaviours?
A: EDQ offers a complementary but also alternative service to the biomedical model.
We recognise the medical implications of eating issues. We encourage those with eating disorders to access appropriate medically based support alongside our therapeutic services. However, to use our service you do not need to be medically diagnosed with an eating issue.
Q: What services do we offer?
EDQ offers a range of services to help those affected by eating disorders in some way:
Eating Disorder Counselling, Carer and Family support and coaching, professional group therapy; peer mentor programs; talks & workshops; information & referral; training & resources.
Q: What do we know about eating disorders?
A: There’s a lot we don’t know.
But there are also a few things we do – and they include: the common age of onset is during adolescence, there are no known biological causes of eating disorders and eating disorders occur predominately within Western countries. It is now widely recognised that eating disorders are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors.
5 key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating disorders. These are: society & culture; gender; family & personal relationships; individual; and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors.
Q: Is Eating Disorders Queensland just for women?
A: Absolutely not! Eating Disorders Qld provides access to individual counselling, information and referral and resources to those of all genders.
We are also open to creating groups tailored to specific experiences e.g. a men's group. If this is something you'd like to be a part of, please let us know.